Jason Acimovic, Jarrod Goentzel
Partners: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA), UN Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRD), US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Many organizations stockpile inventory in strategic locations in order to respond quickly and cheaply to disasters. This project developed models and metrics that the humanitarian logistics community can utilize to coordinate preparedness efforts. The approach and initial results are described in a Journal of Operations Management article. The authors also monitor the quality of stockpiles stores in the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depots (UNHRDs) daily:
These results are intended to be illustrative, and are subject to the assumptions and approximations outlined in the article. They are not intended to judge whether the UN or organizations using its UNHRDs are placing inventory optimally.